There are numerous resources and sources of supportive and helpful information within a number of mental health issues. Whether you are a sufferer of mental health, or the carer or loved one of a sufferer, there is support out there.
It’s a question of where to look for these credible sources.
A very useful first stop is the nhs.uk website where they list a number of links to supportive charities and organisations that can help those suffering from mental health issues.
Another useful website holding links to a number of different mental health support websites is the Time to Change website.
What is really important to note is that they don’t all fall in the same age or type of mental health support category. Whether you are feeling distress, despair, depression, suicidal, anxiety, in crisis, or you are a young person, a parent, a man, a woman, a carer, there are specific websites that offer that support you need.
This includes people who suffer abuse, addiction and other illnesses, or who are suffering the effects of a diagnosis or stigma, that need support.
Some are even available 24 hours a day, seven days a week where the claim is that there will always be somebody there you can speak to.
Here are two first stops, followed by other mental health and other illnesses support websites.
• CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
For men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
• Men's Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
• Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Men’s mental health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/m/men-and-mental-health
• No Panic
Support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, and 2pm to 5pm on weekends)
Information on child and adolescent mental health.
Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
• Anxiety UK
Support for Anxiety diagnosis.
• Bipolar UK
Support with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
• OCD Action
Support for people with OCD.
Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge
• OCD UK
Run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
• Time to Change
Stopping the stigma of mental health
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide.
Provides confidential, non-judgemental
You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
• Mind Infoline
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463
Confidential mental health information services.
“With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices.”
The Infoline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy.
Mind works in partnership with around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.
• Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am - 4pm Monday to Friday)
Email: online contact form
Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff.
Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England.
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
A National mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.
• The Mix
Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm, free to call)
Email: Helpline email form
Crisis Support: Text 'THEMIX' to 85258.
Provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems.
Young people can access the The Mix's support via phone, email, webchat.
Telephone: 0800 1111
Private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen.
You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything - no problem is too big or too small.
A supportive online community where you can be yourself.
Elefriends is run by Mind.
If you're a carer needing support you can contact all of the above as well as Carers Direct and the Carers Trust, both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Residential service for people in suicidal crisis so they can talk about their suicidal thoughts and behaviour.
Provides support to children and adults addicted to alcohol or drugs and gives advice on improving mental health and wellbeing.
• OUTLINE Surrey
Localised website providing support to people concerning their sexuality and gender identity. It revolves around, but is not limited to, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community of Surrey, England, primarily via a helpline, the website and support groups.
• National Breast Cancer
This support-related charity website was founded by a breast cancer survivor. It’s easy to follow and has a community feel.
One of the UK’s leading charities, its website provides excellent information on all cancers and support to those affected by it.
An official US government website managed by the US Department of Health & Human Services, providing detailed information on HIV, symptoms and recent news.
Website: www.hiv.gov (previously aids.gov)
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